Yesterday we posted about Spritz, a speed reading software for speed reading. Take a look at some examples of the speed-reading software–you might be reading at 500 words per minute before you know it. What better way to celebrate national reading month than by reading faster than ever before?
Image taken from : http://www.springwise.com/read-300-page-book-90-minutes-app/
Eartha Kitt, best known for her recordings of “C’est Si Bon” and “Santa Baby,” was the Beyoncé of her day. Eartha Kitt was born on a plantation in South Carolina until she and her mother moved off the plantation and settled in New York. Upon her arrival in New York, her show-business career began to take off and soon she was appearing in film, theater, cabaret, music and television. Her initial career began with her starring role in Dr. Faustus and continued to her most renowned role in the television version of Batman as her role of Catwoman. The younger generation typically remember Eartha Kitt for her role as YZMA in the Disney movie, Emperor’s New Groove.
However aside from all of her success in film Eartha Kitt is most notably recognized for her role as an activist and social speaker. It was her position on the Vietnam War that caused her blacklist from the professional community, which transpired during her visit at the White House during President Johnson term. Eartha Kitt’s opinion on the Vietnam War is as follows:
“The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons-and I know what it’s life, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson- we raise children and send them to war.”
After her statement on the Vietnam War finding work within the United States became challenging and limited, causing her to network outside of the United States to find work.
For more information on African American Women in History please visit the Rebecca Crown Library.
Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eartha_Kitt_2007.jpg
Spring Break is next week, March 3-9. The library is open the following hours:
Sunday, March 2 – Friday, March 7:
8am – 8pm
Saturday, March 8:
CLOSED for the Benefit Concert
Sunday, March 9:
Regular hours resume, 8am – 12midnight
Librarians will be available over the break to help you with your assignments and research.
Ralph Bunche was born August 7, 1904 (or 1903 depending on the source) in Detroit, Michigan. Bunche relocated several times before he settled down in Los Angeles, California. Bunche graduated from Jefferson High School as valedictorian and continued to the University of California where he became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1927 as class valedictorian once again! At Harvard University he received both his M.A. in 1928 and his Ph D. in 1934 in governmental/international relations, earning the honor of being the first African American to earn a political science doctorate.
Through his work in the National Defense Program during World War II and his involvement in the U.S. State Department played a vital role in the establishment of the United Nations. After joining the Global Organization’s Secretariat during 1947 and 1949 his preeminent accomplishment was through his involvement in his work to achieve peace in Palestine.
The following year, in 1950, Ralph Bunche was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for his meditation endeavors during the 1940′s the Middle East, making him the first African American to be bestowed for the Nobel Peace Prize.
To view a Ralph Bunche work, click here for Rebecca Crown Library’s selection of his work.
|IMAGE CREDIT: Van Vechten, Carl, photographer. Portrait of Ralph Bunche, 1951. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction NumberLC-USZ62-109113.
Dominican is once again part of the the One Earth Film Festival, the “Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement.”
On Tuesday, February 18, at 7pm in the Lund Auditorium, we are hosting a free pre-screening of Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America. A panel discussion with local experts on urban farming will take place after the film.
Before the film, from 6pm-7pm, we will host an indoor farmers’ market in the Fine Arts Building. Local vendors will be selling coffee, soap, desserts and more.
Be sure to check out the Library Media Center’s booth at the market for information on our collection of films on sustainability, and to take home an upcycled bookmark made from old cassette tapes.
The Film Festival continues with pre-screenings into March and ends with the full festival March 7-9.
If you’re looking for a resource to help you plan your Olympic watching this year, NBC has put together a viewer’s guide for everyone. The bright sides? NBC will stream everything including medal ceremonies on a website fully dedicated to televising all events, and it will be live. Their website lists when the evens take place in eastern time, and when they will be aired on TV. The time difference makes it difficult for NBC to air everything live. On the TV guide, NBC will even tell you when your favorite sports will be taking place. All you have to do is select the sport you are looking for and it will next you the upcoming games.
If you have questions about this Olympics or want to know what it would be like to see them try SB Nation’s website devoted to the Olympics. SB Nation is a sports website written up by the fans, and only the fans. If you want to compare it to a more traditional news source, the Guardian’s website has a section completely devoted to the Olympics as well. So far, my vote for the most entertaining video is Russian President Vladimir Putin playing with leopard cub! GO USA!
Image courtesy of: http://eng.kremlin.ru/photo/2338
The current nutritional label on the side of all of your favorite foods is 20 years old. The only changes it has undergone is separating out the trans fats from the regular fats in 2006. The FDA has been working on new labels for the past ten years, and have finally submitted the new guidelines to the White House. Expect big changes ahead. Health advocates are weighing in on what kinds of changes they would like to see:
- Add percentages of whole wheat.
- Change the weight scale from grams to teaspoons.
- Make added sugars clearer.
- Place labels on the front of the package.
- Make the information clearer.
Currently, the FDA is remaining quiet on what kind of changes they proposed. Accordingly, people are reading these labels more often, and most people think it’s time for a change. Do you think it is time for a change? What do you think should be added to these labels?
Jalonik, M.C., (2014). “FDA to Revise Nutrition Fact Labels” Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved from: http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/25155285-423/fda-to-revise-nutrition-facts-label.html
Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrition_label